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Kanye West, no thanks to his incessant Twitter rants, is often misunderstood. And while his lyrics often have multiple meanings, they’re a lot easier to clarify, especially when you have the likes of Chance the Rapper on-hand to help out. The fellow Chicago rap has been jotting down some notes alongside the lyrics to Kanye’s ‘Ultralight Beam’ over on Genius.

“‘Ultralight Beam’ is about Kanye’s faith in God. Whenever he’s down or feels he can’t fight any more, he searches for the light and knows, in God’s hands, everything will be alright.”

Specifically, Chance offers commentary on his own verse on the gospel-influenced track—sometimes with hard facts from his own book of inspiration and sometimes with things like this:

Treat the demons just like Pam<br> I mean I fuck with your friends, but damn, Gina
― Kanye West (Ft. Chance The Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin & The-Dream) – Ultralight Beam

Kanye has never been shy about his love or need for God, throughout his career he references God and his faith. In ‘Ultralight Beam’ he samples Pastor Kirk Franklin, who recently gave his blessing to Kanye via Instagram as his brother, despite his unconventional personality.

Mr West seems to have officially woken up with this new album. Get a clearer picture of the song’s meaning here.


  • Words: Jack Cain

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